“We spoke of the support of the Russian Federation for Mali’s political transition and I praised the quality of our partnership respectful of the sovereignty of Mali and the aspirations of its population”, declared President Assimi Goïta on the networks. social. This exchange comes the day after the reception, on Tuesday by the Malian army, of new military equipment, including five planes and a combat helicopter during an official ceremony in the presence of the head of the junta and Russian diplomats, during which the Malian Minister of Defense, Sadio Camara, one of the strong men of the regime, praised the “win-win partnership with the Russian Federation”.
Fighter planes and helicopters
“Today’s ceremony is historic, as much by the nature, the quality as by the volume of what you are handing over to us, of which we will only present a part here, the rest being of course engaged in operation at the time where this ceremony is being held, ”said Sadio Camara in particular. “We are consolidating our reconnaissance and attack capability with L39 and Sukhoi 25 fighter jets, which are added to the Super Tucano and other aircraft already in service. As well as the Mi24P type attack helicopters, which are added to the Mi35 and Mi24 already delivered,” he added.
I had a telephone conversation with President Putin. We spoke about the support of the Russian Federation 🇷🇺 for Mali’s political transition and I commended the quality of our partnership respectful of the sovereignty of the #Mali and aspirations of its people.
— Colonel Assimi GOITA (@GoitaAssimi) August 10, 2022
Russia had already delivered several combat helicopters and weapons in March to Mali, which welcomed in large numbers what the junta presents as Russian instructors. Western partners denounce for their part the use of the services of the private Russian company Wagner.
Ivorian soldiers detained
Colonel Assimi Goïta a also received Wednesday Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the UN and Mahamat Saleh Annadif, head of the United Nations office for West Africa and the Sahel in a context of tensions with the organization. They spoke of “common concerns”, according to the Malian presidency.
Jihadism in the Sahel: the inexorable descent towards the Gulf of Guinea
This meeting was held a few days after 42 Malian soldiers were killed on Sunday in Tessit, in northeastern Mali, near the borders of Burkina Faso and Niger. This is the deadliest attack attributed to jihadists against Malian forces since 2019. The Malian army incriminates the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS) as well as “external expertise”.
During discussions between Assimi Goïta, Amina J. Mohammed – who had previously been received in Abidjan, according to a diplomatic source – and Mahamat Saleh Annadif the case of the 49 Ivorian soldiers detained in Bamako was also mentioned. They are accused by the military in power in Mali of being “mercenaries”, which Abidjan denies, which ensures that they were on a mission pour l’HON.